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CDC HIV/AIDS/Viral Hepatitis/STD/TB Prevention News Update

News in Brief: Illinois


Advocate (04/20/93) No. 627, P. 25

Illinois Gov. Jim Edgar's proposal to double AIDS spending is an improvement but is still inadequate, according to leaders of AIDS service groups. "It's a good beginning, but that's all it is," said Mark Ishaug, a director of the AIDS Foundation of Chicago. Edgar requested the allotment of $7.1 million for AIDS education and treatment in a budget presented on March 3. During the previous three years, state spending for the programs had remained constant at about $3.6 million. In addition, the budget recommends loosening the qualifications for the state AIDS Drug Reimbursement Program and boosting the number of drugs it subsidizes from five to ten. Tom Schafer, a spokesman for Edgar, said the recommendations demonstrate that the governor "understands the concerns of people with AIDS. It's a growing problem, and the state has to deal with it now."


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